Launch Together Jefferson County

Early childhood education is one of those keys to success for so many students. That early learning support provides opportunities and access to students who might not otherwise experience the benefits of early learning and leading to success in elementary school.

We were excited to see the following on the Jeffco Schools website as well as the links to additional information and resources. We were more excited to see the commitment to mental health support, something everyone has been advocating for as an increased need in education.

Launch Together

Jeffco Schools is a proud partner of the Launch Together Jefferson County

The team envisions a community in which early childhood services are aligned to support and promote healthy, thriving young children and families.

The Launch Together mission is to establish community understanding of the benefits of early childhood social emotional health and develop a collaborative infrastructure that creates a lasting positive impact on the health of young children, their families, and the community.

To find out more, check out the website, or contact Dawn Odean at 303-982-5846.

Looking further to the Launch Together website, the initiative is described, http://earlymilestones.org/launch-together/

Healthy social-emotional development in the early years lay a foundation for overall health, well-being, and success in school and life.

LAUNCH Together is an initiative designed to improve social, emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive outcomes for young children (prenatal through age eight) and their families in Colorado. Created through a unique collaboration of eight Colorado-based foundations, communities across the state are supported in enhancing existing prevention and health promotion practices and building coordinated community systems. LAUNCH Together is inspired by the experiences and outcomes of Project LAUNCH, a national effort funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

26.5% of Colorado’s parents have concerns about their children’s emotion or behavior.

Many of these parents describe their concerns as moderate or severe, yet only a fraction accessed mental health care of any kind.

Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2011 Colorado Child Health Survey

The number of children in Colorado grew by 12%.

Between 2000 and 2014, Colorado had the 8th fastest growing child population in the country.

Source: Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 2014

Less than half of the social-emotional, developmental or mental health problems are detected before children enter school.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 Developmental Screening Fact Sheet.

GOALS


  • All families of young children have access to culturally and linguistically relevant integrated care (including a screening and referral process) that is affordable, effective, and readily available.
  • Increase sustainable capacity of child care providers and align professional competencies across systems with fidelity in order to ensure consistent and sustainable high quality care for young children.
  • Increase capacity of already-existing home visitationprograms by: 1) developing a coordinated system (or “canopy”) of communication and referral and 2) delivering better family support using mental health support and two generation strategies.
  • Using family-centered, family-directed, and culturally/linguistically-relevant approaches, increaseprotective factors for families who are struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, drug use, unemployment, homelessness, mental health and poverty issues; streamline available family strengthening opportunities.
  • Appropriate/timely developmental and social emotional screenings are available to all children in the target area regardless of where they access the health care and early education systems.

VISION


Jefferson County Partners envision a community in which early childhood services are aligned to support and promote healthy, thriving young children and families.

MISSION


Establish community understanding of the benefits of early childhood social emotional health and develop a collaborative infrastructure that creates a lasting positive impact on the health of young children, their families, and the community.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS


  • Colorado Community Health Alliance
  • Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
  • Jefferson County Human Services
  • Jefferson County Prosperity Project
  • Jefferson County Public Health
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Jefferson County Schools Foundation
  • Lakewood Head Start
  • Metro Community Providers Network
  • TRIAD Early Childhood Council

http://earlymilestones.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/LAUNCHTogetherOverview-May17.pdf